July 29, 2021
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The FDA has requested the removal of its blanket contraindication against the use of statins in pregnant patients but says use of statins should be discontinued during breastfeeding. "Because the benefits of statins may include prevention of serious or potentially fatal events in a small group of very high-risk pregnant patients, contraindicating these drugs in all pregnant women is not appropriate," the FDA said in a statement.
Full Story: Medscape (free registration) (7/20),  Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (7/20) 
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Patients who had a stroke had greater decreases in cognitive and daily functions for up to a decade prior to the event, compared with those who never had a stroke, researchers reported in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Researchers said women who were APOE e4 carriers and those with lower levels of education were more vulnerable to declines in cognitive and daily functions.
Full Story: Healio (free registration) (7/21) 
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A study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found that patients with heart failure and coronary artery disease experienced better one-year survival rates when they increased regular physical activity at home or in a rehabilitation program after implantation of a cardioverter defibrillator, compared to those who did not exercise more. The study analyzed data from 41,731 Medicare beneficiaries with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.
Full Story: Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (7/21) 
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Emerging Trends
Ultrasound patch monitors cardiovascular health
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, developed an ultrasound patch designed to detect heart function and related measures such as blood flow. "This type of wearable device can give you a more comprehensive, more accurate picture of what's going on in deep tissues and critical organs like the heart and the brain, all from the surface of the skin," said Sheng Xu, lead researcher and professor of nanoengineering, in a news release.
Full Story: The Engineer (UK) (7/26) 
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Nursing in the News
Tower Health's Reading Hospital has improved nurse staffing with a new staffing model driven by predictive analytics and a commitment to gathering data. The plan has led to significant savings and greater nurse job satisfaction.
Full Story: HealthLeaders Media (7/26) 
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PCNA Update
Whatever your patients' needs around heart failure, PCNA has a tool to help extend the clinical encounter. Our free handouts are interactive, can be downloaded or ordered already printed, and are available in English and Spanish. Learn more.
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The US maternal mortality and morbidity crisis is fueled by complications of pregnancy that are legitimate harbingers for CVD risk. This presents an urgent opportunity for nurses to lead prevention efforts and to redesign maternal health care to be holistic, not siloed. Read the latest evidence and recommendations in our recent article. Read the article.
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